Dozens of migrants, including five children, were found travelling in a lorry near the Dartford Crossing.
Kent Police were called to Bridge Close, to reports that the group had been found in the back of the truck, just after 9.15am on Monday (March 21).
A further 26 migrants were detained in Canterbury.
Some 26 people were detained, and the group were handed into the care of Home Office immigration enforcement.
The migrants were reported to be 21 Iranian nationals and five Iraqis, including both men and women.
Caroline Wright, 48, whose husband Paul witnessed three police cars surrounding the lorry, told the Telegraph: "I think it's really sad, there were children on that lorry too.
Inside the Canterbury lorry.
"They're human beings trying to escape a war zone.
"I'm sure a lot of people think they're just illegal immigrants but they could have died in there."
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